Audio field-recording of Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg) bells at midday Monday 16th November 2015, to commemorate the Paris Attacks of Friday 13th November 2015.
This recording was made standing in-front of the Cathedral, about 1-2 minutes into the sequence of bells. Total length, just over 12 minutes, consisting of bell ringing for 8 minutes long, and continues after the bells stop for a further 4 minutes.
Two Rroma street musicians start to play 'Que Sera Sera' (1956, Jay Livingston & Ray Evans) on an accordion and small trumpet [08:00-]. The author of recording goes closer and puts the coin contents of his pockets into the bucket in-front of them. Other atmospheric sounds of the street near to the Cathedral continue.
Recorded via VoiceRecorder software on LG 4G Spirit mobile device, without microphone cover so there are some wind and other audio artefacts within the recording. Converted to .ogg and .mp3 with Audacity software.
Short narrative text to accompany the recording:
"This #bricolage view is what greets visitors to #Strasbourg #Cathedral as they walk straight towards it. As one of the greatest medieval monuments to transcendent belief-systems (1000 year old foundations!), Goethe once said of its structure: "sublimely towering, wide-spreading tree of God".. Victor Hugo reported it as «Prodige du gigantesque et du délicat». The architectonics of being in the right time, right place, allowed me to witness the mournful #cacophony drone of bells that rung out midday Monday 16th November 2015, to commemorate the Paris Attacks of Friday 13th November 2015. After about 10mins, as the bells faded out, the #Rroma street musicians, who as long time resident peoples of European cultural space (also 1000 years!), who know more than a thing or two of the rough and pains of life, had the great sensitivity of mixing in the next musical melody on the street.. #QueSeraSera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be.. The Future is not ours to see..
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